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vietnam. he recovered the bodies of four fallen come raids during a battle in afghanistan in 2009. at least 50 tee scribed to us as well armed taliban fight ires ambushed corporal myers and another servicemen while they were in a mission to meet with tribal elders. the military leaders refused the plea for military support. but corporal meyer braved enemy fire and helped carry bodies of his fellow fighters out of the kill zone. now, the award. and jennifer griffin has it from the pentagon tonight. hello. >> hi, shep. the first living recipient, first marine to receive this oner in 41 years but he is a reluctant recipient. >> i feel i'm the furtherrest thing from a hero. i went in there to do a job and the way i view it is that i left those guys down. but the award will be for them and the corps and the marines who didn't get recognized. >> he was based in kunar province. a scout sniper, his unit got ambushed. he was hit with shrapnel but kept going to tie triand help find the three fellow marines and navy corpsesmen who were missing. he found them dead and stripped of their gear b
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, mullah omar was dead. we're following the story. we go live to kabul, afghanistan. david, this one has got people wondering. what's going on? >> reporter: well, the news first broke by an afghan television station and then later in the day, cnn and other media received a message by an individual claiming to be a top taliban commander. that individual said that mullah omar had died of heart failure last week and a successor had already been named. the taliban, like you said, later came out and said they have been the victim of a hacking and their phones and emails have been tapped. in fact this message was phoney. cnn doesn't have any confirmation of the sort. we spoke with nato official and they have no operational knowledge on the ground. so the whereabouts of mullah omar are unknown. last believed to be in pakistan, where taliban militants have launched attacks across that border against troops down in the southern region. it's those southern and eastern regions of afghanistan that have experienced some of the highest levels of attacks. and this all comes at a very interesting time.
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by the government would not get paychecks, and people serving in iraq in afghanistan would not get paychecks, and federal highway administration, there are many that wouldn't. this is sort of a simplification i want to point out. it's unlikely treasury would decide to fully fund five programs and not give anything to anybody else. they would minimally fund some programs. but it illustrates two things. one the level of deficit spending the government is currently at, and two, why officials at the treasury and throughout the government are so adamant the debt ceiling be raised so all the government programs could be fully funded. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >>> here is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day, and that big story, the debt talks. today's question, what is a solution to the political stalemate. carol costello has more on that. >> the never ending debt ceiling debate. you know the players, obama, boehner, the gang of six, and the tea party, and you don't like them much, not because most republicans want to save taxes, or democrats don't want to get ri
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of the wars in the iraq and afghanistan, it's about taking care of those bush tax cuts, it's about taking care of the medicare prescription drug bill. all those costs. and to say we're going to forget about those and worry about the future when our kids are the ones that will suffer is irresponsible. so i don't think the president would want to act unilaterally, nor do i think congress has to force the president into acting unilaterally. we can get this done. this is a manufactured crisis because for seven different occasions under president bush, under 17 or 18 different occasions under president reagan republicans voted to lift the debt ceiling because they knew we would default on our debts for the first time in history. jenna: so let's say we're moving towards this deadline, and we actually are -- >> we are. jenna: august 2nd, right? you've seen so many different numbers and you mentioned so many different issues, and i don't mean to gloss over that in generalities, but there's so much involved in this decision about the debt ceiling and also about cutting spending overall. but where do yo